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Farmers will have to pay the costs for the sampling of fallen stock for BSE testing in new plans being drawn up by Defra.

Fallen stock more than 48 months must be tested for transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE).

Farmers Guardian understands the Government is in the process of transferring the costs for the sampling to the industry. Not excluding VAT, the cost for each sample stands at about £6.25.

From April 1, farmers will be responsible for paying for sampling, which will be added onto the cost of collection and disposal of fallen cattle stock.

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